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Devashish Deshpande

Senior research associate, Accountability Initiative (AI), CPR

Devashish is a part of the Public Finance team at Accountability Initiative where he works on budget analysis, and government programs in the area of Sanitation. Prior to AI, he has worked in the social sector for 6 years, and has a background in qualitative as well as quantitative primary research. He has an MSc in Economics with a focus on Development, from the University of Warwick, and an MPPP (Public Policy) from the Indian School of Business (ISB).

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Death By Ignorance: Why India Needs To Talk About Shit

Anywhere between one to three lakh Indian children are going to die because of ignorance by the end of the year. Think about that. By the time your day gets over, the lives of about 328 boys and girls will have ended. None of them will see their fifth birthday and none of them really had to die.
08/08/2016 8:58 PM IST
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Mahabharata 2.0: The BJP And The Art Of Social Media Warfare

Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, recently warned the country that a paradigm shift was taking place in the art of warfare. India now finds itself in the midst of “psychological war”, in his view. He pointed out that even as the horror in Kashmir unfolded, we all missed thousands of unguided tweets being exchanged between India and Pakistan. These 140-character missiles must have been terrifying…
08/08/2016 3:50 PM IST
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I’m Not A Dalit But I Do Blame The BJP For Una And Other Gau Rakshak Atrocities

An emotional blog post, “I’m A Dalit But I Think It’s Wrong To Blame The BJP For The Una Assault” appeared recently in the Huffington Post. The article is replete with fallacies, some mischief hidden away among the sentiments expressed, and is also rife with imagined dichotomies that exist only in the domain of political propaganda. I feel compelled to call these out. Before proceeding, I reiterate that I am not a Dalit, nor do I pretend to understand Dalit reality beyond what human empathy allows.
26/07/2016 1:06 PM IST